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What does palpable mean?!

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Bigfam Sat 12-Nov-16 15:00:57

It's so confusing! Does it refer to how much of the baby's head can be felt above the pelvis, so 1/5 would be fully engaged (or near enough) and 5/5 would be not engaged at all, or is it the other way round?!

lougle Sat 12-Nov-16 15:04:19

Palpable = can be felt. Yes, the more that is palpable, the less engaged the baby's head is in the pelvis. 5/5 palpable means that they can feel all of baby's head, so none of it is in the pelvis.

OurBlanche Sat 12-Nov-16 15:05:20

It means 'can be felt', that's all.

You'll have to ask the MW for more info... good luck!

Bigfam Sat 12-Nov-16 15:12:50

Was 36 weeks friday. Not my first baby so wasn't expecting her to engage before labour.
Thanks grin

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